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Dec102010

Candied Spiced Nuts

In case you didn't know, we ladies like to plan ahead. We like to organize and put things away and make lists...We are what they are calling "type-A+."
  
     
Of course, we are well aware that not everyone out there loves label-makers and clean countertops as much as us (ahem, MOM). 
    
And, we especially know that planning during the holidays can get a little hectic.
   
Ok. A lot hectic. This time of year seems to bring out the best in everyone and the stress in everyone.
     
    
But here at Blue-Eyed Bakers, we'd like to ease some of your stress. Consider us a cooking spa. Yes, we'd like to make your anxiety go away. Relax. Take deep breaths. Enjoy some water with cucumbers and lemons. Listen to the soothing Enya-esque music. Wear a plush robe and oddly fitting terry-cloth flip-flop things.
   
Ok. Forget the flip-flops, but also forget your cooking troubles. We're on it. 
     
    
For instance, when you have a mild panic attack because you are invited to a last minute holiday open house or your neighbor insists on popping by, don't fret!
    
We have the perfect last minute solution, Candied Spiced Nuts! They are much more interesting than putting out regular nuts and they fill your house with winter-y smells. And, they are candied, so there's that.
      
    
This is how easy they are. Do you have nuts? Do you have sugar? Do you have spices?
    
Then you have Candied Spiced Nuts! YAY! 
  
    
Candied Spiced Nuts
Serves 12-14
  
  
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
4 cups mixed nuts
  

Place rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly butter parchment though this is not completely necessary.

Stir together all the ingredients with the exception of the nuts in a medium sized, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Note, if you are using salted nuts, you might want to adjust the salt content down or eliminate it altogether. Turn down the heat to medium, add nuts and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes.

Spread nuts in a single layer on the lined baking sheet, separating any clumpy bits as much as you can. Bake, stirring nuts once with a heatproof (rubber) spatula halfway through baking but also keeping them in a single layer, until golden and bubbling all over, about 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheet on a rack 45 minutes, then break into small clusters with your hands.

The nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Reader Comments (11)

this is definitely a great last-minute idea! especially in this busy time of year...

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

Yum! I love spiced nuts and this recipe looks great! Such a good thing to have on hand this time of year!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes & Dreams

I've been wanting to prep some nuts for holiday snacking - thanks for sharing!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Hahaha, I am type A+ too! ;)

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

Oh gosh, I could eat sooooo many of these!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy M.

wow! These are great!!!
Made them last night--super easy and very tasty. My husband kept pulling them apart before the end of the cooling time. They were warm and gooey--Yum! :)
Another great recipe. Thanks! Nikki

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSee Nikki Cook

Love these as a holiday hostess gift!!

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

Oh no you should not have posted a recipe that's this easy!! My poor diet :(

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAvanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

Oh my. If I make these, they need to be funneled right out of the kitchen into a sea of merry people who will eat them all...
I made the cookie dough cupcakes for a friend's birthday last week - absolutely flippin' fabulous.
Keep up the great work!

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

God I love the fabric they're sitting on ;)

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Stone

Thank you very much for the candied spiced nuts, They were amazing, Love your web site.
Thanks again.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy Bennett

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